Apr 262015
 



Apr 252015
 

Sent out a few tweets while we were out tasting today.





Apr 242015
 
Topping barrels at Knight Hill Winery

Topping barrels at Knight Hill Winery

We have read through Wine Yakima Valley’s Spring Barrel Tasting program a number of times and have picked out a few “must do” wineries for the weekend. We will leave the rest of our schedule open and see what recommendations we receive and what appeals to us as we drive through Washington Wine Country. Luckily we have two days to explore and we don’t have to do them all — We live here!

Planned Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting Winery Stops

These are the wineries we have highlighted for the weekend as well as what it was that caught our eye.

  • Owen Roe Winery – starting our day with their “Hike the Hill” event. After the hilltop tasting, join the staff in the winery for a pastry, some coffee, and a tour of our barrel hall.
  • Knight Hill – a “side by side” barrel tasting of 2012 Syrah in two different types of oak barrels, French and American
  • Masset Winery – classic cars will be on display but it primarily made our list because it is not on the Wine Yakima Valley maps.
  • Yakima Valley Vintners – Student winemakers will be providing complimentary facility tours with educational stations featuring food and wine pairings, aeration of wines, and a barrel tasting.
  • Kitzke Cellars – sent me a tweet: “stop by we have our 2012 Nebbiolo and 2010 Malbec ready!”

We are looking forward to a wonderful weekend.

Apr 232015
 
2015 Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting

2015 Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting

On Friday the 2015 Yakima Valley Spring Barrel Tasting begins! Von and I have decided to make the time to visit a number of the wineries between the Tri-Cities and Yakima over the weekend.

We have not (yet) figured out our complete game plan but plans are to visit Airfield Estates Winery Friday evening to pick up our Premier Passes for the weekend’s many tastings and, while we are there, possibly enjoy some Jazz by the Ben Macy Trio or visit a few other wineries that have extened their Friday night hours this weekend.

Saturday morning, we hope to make it out to Owen Roe Winery between 9 and 11 for their “Hike the Hill” event:

Start your winery weekend out right with an energizing hike up to the top of our “Pearl Block” vineyard. Panoramic views of the Yakima Valley are the perfect setting for an estate tasting of our 2012 Syrah and 2012 Bordeaux-styled blend from our estate Union Gap Vineyard.

Once you reach the top of the hill, meet Founder and Co-Owner, David O’Reilly, and learn about the unique style and history of Owen Roe wines.

After the hilltop tasting, join our staff in the winery for a pastry and coffee and a tour of our barrel hall. Wine tasting will be available to those that wish to get a head start on the Spring Barrel festivities.

From there? Who knows. The choices are almost overwhelming. We will be taking our time and taking lots of photos. Our picnic lunch will be enjoyed on the lawn of one of our stops (unless the available food entices us first). If you have any suggestions or “Don’t miss” recommendations, please let us know.

Spring Barrel Tasting Guides:

Two items to make note of from from the ykm509 tips file:

  • Be realistic: It’s not a marathon. Visit no more than five wineries per day. More than that and your taste pallet will grow numb.
  • Be prepared: Bring a cooler filled with bottled water and snacks. Pack a picnic, as many of the wineries have picnic grounds or plan on eating lunch at one of the wineries that serve food. Food helps you to regain your palate and provides a needed break. Also, if it is warm, consider a cooler for your purchased wines. Heat is bad for wine.

Any recommendations? Please feel free to let us know.